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Posts from June 2016

By: Sandra Sanchez
Published: June 10, 2016

Last month, it came to light that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was planning a series of raids aimed at Central American mothers and children who had recently arrived in the United States, many of whom were fleeing violence in their home countries. These raids are just the latest in a long series of aggressive immigration enforcement policies that have torn families apart and spread fear throughout immigrant communities across the U.S.

I first began advocating alongside families affected by immigration raids...

Israeli scout uniform
By: Sahar Vardi
Published: June 9, 2016

This is a piece by AFSC's Israel Program coordinator, reflecting on Memorial Day and how militarism is culturally transmited to young people in Israel. 

Once a year, on the Israeli soldiers' Memorial Day, students who graduated in the past few years go back to school for a day. Most of them in uniform, some already after finishing their military service, go back to school for the memorial ceremony led by the 12th graders – tomorrow’s soldiers.

Once a year, for the past 8 years, I go back to my school. I always arrive as the ceremony ends, and hundreds of...

By: Pedro Rios
Published: June 8, 2016

The strumming of the eight-stringed jaranas could be heard across the border into Mexico from the United States, accompanied by playful, melodious singing, alternating from one side of the metal barrier to the other. The plucking of a harp, the rhythmic foot percussion of the zapateado on the wooden tarima (scaffold), clacking café con pancafé con pan. It was almost enough to forget the presence of vigilant Border Patrol agents and surveillance cameras here at Friendship Park, the southwestern-most corner of the...

Published: June 3, 2016

A few picks from AFSC staff this week:

As We #SayHerName, 7 Policy Paths to Stop Police Violence Against Black Girls and Women, by Andrea Richie, Colorlines

Author, activist, and scholar Andrea Richie has been studying policy changes and proposals to reduce police violence against Black...

Rev. Dr. William Barber at the 2016 AFSC Corporation Meeting
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: June 2, 2016

The following is a report from the 2016 AFSC Corporation Meeting, prepared by Ted Klyce and approved by the Friends Relations Committee of AFSC.

From across the country, Friends gathered at Friends Center in Philadelphia for the annual meeting of the American Friends Service Committee Corporation.  The theme for our time together was “Change the story, change the world: Telling the truth about militarism in US communities and around the world.”

Many Friends arrived early and attended pre-meeting workshops with Reverend William...